Card Market Simmers as Manziel Sees First Action

Long before he took his first snap in Saturday night’s pre-season game, Johnny Manziel football cards were everywhere.  Starved for a true marquee quarterback, the card companies have jumped on the Johnny Football bandwagon with both feet.  And who can blame them?  If Manziel gets the opportunity to start for the Cleveland Browns and plays reasonably well, sales will soar.  While 2012 draftee Andrew Luck may be far more polished at this point, Manziel brings a flair and excitement to the position that hasn’t been since since Brett Favre was a youngster.

Manziel rookie cardManziel hit cardboard last spring in the annual draft sets.  Once the draft was over, Panini’s Score football arrived and since then, you can find Manziel in every new NFL-licensed product.

Among the most popular issues at the moment are Panini Elite and Prestige and Bowman (the various Chrome refractor parallels carrying Manziel autographs have had collectors ripping a lot of that product).  To collectors, the Bowman brand apparently trumps the lack of a pro uniform with sales of Manziel signed cards in low print runs selling for four-figure prices including X-fractor rookie autographs numbered to ten that have been bringing $1500-1600 and even a Bowman Chrome Superfractor which sold for a best offer of somewhere south of $15,000.

While some of the early Manziel rookie cards included the same images taken during his college career, most products 2014 Topps Inception Johnny Manzielissued in the last few weeks have somehow managed to get him in Cleveland colors.  Manziel does appear in a Browns uniform on the artsy Topps Inception product with an autographed card numbered to 50 selling for $227 over the weekend.

He even signed a few cards with the ‘Johnny Football’ moniker before the season began.  There’s an Inception gold ink ‘Nicknames’ autograph card numbered to 10 up for bid now (check out the bidding here).

 Johnny Manziel Topps Inception Gold Ink Nickname Auto RC 01/10 The good thing for shops and those who sell online is that even run of the mill, unsigned Manziel cards are selling for a couple of bucks.

Photographers were busy snapping Manziel’s first game action photos over the weekend and you can bank on some of those shots making their way into packs soon as Topps and Panini look to battle it out for the best looking Manziel rookie cards on an NFL field as the season goes on.

The future is unknown. Plenty of high-profile college quarterbacks have fizzled, even after a strong start.  Other athletes have proven themselves worthy and what once seemed like a risky investment turned out to be as golden as those ‘Johnny Football’ signatures.

Below is a list of the ‘most watched’ Manziel football cards on eBay right now.

2014 Totally Certified Johnny Manziel BLUE PRIME PATCH RELIC AUTO RC #168 12/25
7 bids - Price: $7.00 - Watchers: 16
Item #311600652140
2015 Immaculate Johnny Manziel GOLD PRIME PATCH RELIC AUTO 36/49 BROWNS
7 bids - Price: $7.50 - Watchers: 16
Item #371610428002
2014 BOWMAN STERLING TEDDY BRIDGEWATER JOHNNY MANZIEL AUTO DUAL JERSEY RELIC RC
20 bids - Price: $40.99 - Watchers: 15
Item #322088947751
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 ELITE BGS 10/10 PRISTINE RED INK INSCRIBED AUTO RC D9525
2 bids - Price: $27.07 - Watchers: 12
Item #371612073041
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 NATIONAL TREASURES RC NOTABLE NICKNAMES AUTOGRAPH AUTO 7/25
7 bids - Price: $14.50 - Watchers: 12
Item #291754228301
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 CONTENDERS CHAMPIONSHIP TICKET ROOKIE AUTO /49 BGS 9.5
21 bids - Price: $20.00 - Watchers: 12
Item #361545024777
2014 Rookies & and Stars Johnny Manziel Longevity RED JERSEY RELIC AUTO RC 39/50
11 bids - Price: $8.50 - Watchers: 10
Item #311600651905
JOHNNY MANZIEL RC 5 CARD LOT JERSEY AUTOS NATIONAL TREASURES SPECTRA L@@K BROWNS
9 bids - Price: $14.19 - Watchers: 10
Item #401114341353
2014 BOWMAN CHROME Johnny Manziel RC ROOKIE REFRACTOR AUTO AUTOGRAPH
6 bids - Price: $3.25 - Watchers: 9
Item #182116016769
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 LEAF TRINITY PURE ROOKIE RC AUTOGRAPH AUTO TEXAS A&M
10 bids - Price: $5.00 - Watchers: 8
Item #301944923853
2014 Topps Chrome Johnny Manziel Lot Camo Refractor RC Auto 73/99 Pink, BW, Base
3 bids - Price: $4.41 - Watchers: 8
Item #182115679134
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 CONTENDERS #240B PLAYOFF TICKET ROOKIE AUTO /99 BGS 9.5
14 bids - Price: $7.00 - Watchers: 8
Item #361545024754
2014 BOWMAN CHROME Johnny Manziel RC ROOKIE BLUE REFRACTOR AUTO AUTOGRAPH 89/99
7 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 8
Item #172190498380
* JOHNNY MANZIEL * 2014 TOPPS MUSEUM TRIPLE JERSEY PATCH AUTO RC # 50
4 bids - Price: $10.00 - Watchers: 7
Item #301943962334
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 PANINI PLAYBOOK RC JERSEY AUTOGRAPH AUTO 2/25 1/1 JERSEY #
4 bids - Price: $8.51 - Watchers: 7
Item #301946888025
Johnny Manziel 2014 Press Pass Showbound Auto Autograph RC #/50 SP Texas A&M
2 bids - Price: $5.00 - Watchers: 7
Item #182115439013
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 SP AUTHENTIC ROOKIE FUTURE WATCH AUTO #22/25 PSA 9 MINT $250
9 bids - Price: $12.50 - Watchers: 7
Item #291754239068